The final of the 2011 cricket World Cup was Monday shifted from Delhi to the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, while the two semi-finals will be played in Lahore and Colombo.
The World Cup will be jointly hosted by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangaldesh.
In July, Indian cricket board vice-president Lalit Modi had told IANS that the final would be played at a yet-to-be-built stadium in Delhi worth about Rs. 5 billion.
But Monday evening, Indian board president Sharad Pawar while announcing a change in the programme said that the final would be played in Mumbai.
‘The final will be in Mumbai. In Pakistan, one semi-final will be in Lahore and in Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa Stadium,’ he said after the meeting with top officials of the Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh boards at his residence.
There is no change in the venues for the semi-finals.
Pawar also said that the opening ceremony would be held at the National Stadium in Dhaka.
The two semi-finals will be played at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium and R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
‘We are going to pull out all stops to make sure that by 2011 World Cup final, which will be hosted in this new stadium in Delhi and which has already been decided by the ICC (International Cricket Council) and the four members (World Cup joint hosts), the stadium is ready,’ Modi had told IANS in July.
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were allotted the premier tournament after their joint bid defeated the Australia-New Zealand combine 11-3 in April.
Modi, who is also a member of the Delhi stadium project committee, had also said that work on the new stadium would begin this year.
‘We (the board) have approved to give the full amount to DDA (Delhi Development Authority). It’s close to Rs. 1 billion for the subsidised land,’ he had said.
It will be the second time that India would be hosting the cricket World Cup final out of three occasions on which it has organised the tournament.
Kolkata’s Eden Gardens hosted the final in 1987, when India successfully organised the World Cup with Pakistan.
India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka hosted the World Cup again in 1996, when the final was played in Lahore.